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Could Michael Strahan be Kelly Ripa's 'Live!' co-host?

Michael Strahan was a defensive end for the

Michael Strahan was a defensive end for the 2007 Giants, who beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Credit: Getty

"Live! with Kelly” will suddenly become “Live! with Kelly and Somebody Else” on Sept. 4, the show just announced.  

Who who WHO will be that Somebody Else -- Kelly Ripa's wingman on the long-running morning gabfest which -- goshdarnit -- just hasn't even been remotely the same since that great master of morning gab, namely Regis Philbin, left last November?

There's been web speculation -- based on an insistent declaration at one website in particular -- that Seth Meyers will be the next Reege. Meyers has denied the report, which probably means nothing. He can't exactly say it's correct lest this forthcoming surprise be wrecked. But the choice could be a surprise (a female co-host? Yes, possibly but unlikely.).

Michael Strahan would also be a surprise pick - admittedly a pleasant surprise pick. How a suprise? Well, how many 265-pound-plus former star defensive linemen and sack kings have ever hosted or co-hosted a morning talk show? Well? Does anyone know?

 But Strahan could be your man. We'll see...

Here's the news release: 

That morning, when Ripa walks into the “Live” studio, she’ll be joined by her new partner and a whole new era will begin for “Live.” On Nov. 21, 2011, “LIVE! with Kelly” debuted following the departure of longtime host Regis Philbin, and in the following months, 59 different men and women sat next to Kelly at the co-host desk, top personalities from every area of broadcasting and entertainment. One individual from that immensely talented group has been tapped to fill one of the most coveted jobs in television. Ripa will kick off the new season on Monday, Sept. 3, acting as a solo host for the first time, and the following day, Sept. 4, will mark the first day the new co-host team officially will helm the show together. Stopping by as guests on Sept. 4 will be actress Claire Danes and 2012 “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips, making his “Live” performance debut.

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